Explore potential of biomass

MIRI: Sarawak must go big in developing its biomass technology to create environment-friendly green products.

Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting said countries such as Japan and South Korea had huge markets for these green products.

“Sarawak has a huge amount of biomass in the form of plantation and agriculture leftovers but more often than not, they are not turned into anything useful.

“Our biomass sector in Sarawak is still very much undeveloped.

“There is a huge potential for biomass products, such as natural fertilisers and animal feeds produced in environmentally-friendly ways.

“Japan and South Korea are lucrative markets for biomass products.

“If Sarawak can tap into this industry, we can make good revenues in exporting our biomass products,” he said.

Ting and mayor Adam Yii witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between IBS College in Miri and Biotechnology Diversified Industries Sdn Bhd.

The deal is to establish a training academy in Mukah, central Sarawak, to offer biotechnology training programmes to youths and students.

Ting said this academy would help to boost biotech researches and developments that would benefit the state.

IBS College principal Anthony Hii said the college was venturing beyond purely academics.

“IBS College today opens a new chapter of growth and development by entering this deal to develop biotech with Biotechno-logy Diversified Industries.

“This academy will develop links with local and foreign universities and work with the state government to develop specialised biotech projects,” he said.

Biotechnology Diversified founder Ivan Ho said his company was working hard to develop the Mukah Science Park project.

“This venture into biotech research is a key component of our green business.

“The future for global biomass products is endless.

“The future for Sarawak in this arena is very exciting,” he said.

He added that the state administration of Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg had been urged to draw up a long-term blueprint on green energy.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/01/22/explore-potential-of-biomass-state-and-industry-urged-to-develop-green-products-to-meet-market-needs/